Max Verstappen’s ‘Impatience’ Helping Lewis Hamilton in F1 Title Fight: Marko

Published 05/14/2021, 2:33 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race alongside Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who finished in second place REUTERS/Albert Gea


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are locked in an F1 title battle for the ages. Both of them have raced wheel-to-wheel at each of the four races this season, with Hamilton having his nose ahead right now. He is leading the championship by 14 points from Verstappen, with three wins to one. But it could have been so different if not for Verstappen‘s temperamental behavior, according to Dr. Helmut Marko.

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The Red Bull consultant believes that his apprentice is making far too many mistakes. And these mistakes have been the result of his lack of patience to wait for the right moment.

“One thing is certain: Hamilton is even cooler. He can wait for his chance. Max, it has to be said, is rather temperamental in character. Or to put it another way: more impatient. That’s currently working in Hamilton’s favor,” Marko told F1 Insider.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

Verstappen’s already made mistakes by exceeding track limits in Bahrain and Portugal. In Spain, pole position was also for the taking, but he went wide at turn four, losing four tenths of a second. Though, the good thing is that he’s willing to learn from his mistakes.

“Immediately afterwards he’s too charged up, so he’s not yet open to such discussions. But if it’s clearly evident that things could have been done differently, then he definitely recognizes that. That is also discussed, not publicly and at the right time.”

Marko believes Max Verstappen has to ‘tame’ his ambition to topple Lewis Hamilton

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One of the things where Max earns his plaudits is his ambition; he’s willing to take that extra risk to go for the kill. But that overzealous nature may cost him the title this season, according to Marko. Although the Red Bull Supremo appreciates this quality in Max, he wants him to curb that this season.

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“We are a passionate racing team where the battle, the challenge, is paramount. A driver like Max Verstappen fits in perfectly. But you still have to tame that to the extent that you also have the World Championship in mind,” Marko emphasized.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

The Mercedes driver is a metronome, a seasoned veteran, and statistically the greatest drive of all-time. Hence, Max will need to look beyond his natural talent to dethrone him and win his maiden title.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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